The 95 Percent Rule: A
Perfect Weight Loss PlanFrom
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Editor's Note: This is part two of two. To
read part one, click here.
In my previous article I discussed the
issue of perfectionism. I promised to offer you an idea on how to address this
problem -- and it is in that spirit that I offer the following suggestion.
If you are a perfectionist, you might want
to consider living by what I call the 95% Rule. Since as a perfectionist it is
critical for you to incorporate flexibility and tolerance into your program,
operate at a 95 percent adherence to your program.
Expecting to be able to maintain 100
percent compliance with your program is as inappropriate as not eating healthy
foods at all.
Its unrealistic and psychologically
unhealthy to attempt perfection. The ultimate result of perfectionism is
failure. Allowing yourself a slim five percent leeway -- for those
inevitable occasions when everyone misses a beat or two -- will provide you
with the breathing space you need.
One method, which can be used to provide
you with controlled breathing space, is called the "freedom hour." Set one hour
aside every couple of weeks or once a month when it is "legal" to eat anything
you want... in moderation that is.
I suggest you set this time in advance. You
dont have to use this freedom hour if you dont choose to. The
purpose of this hour, however, is to take the pressure off and defuse the
feeling that you can never eat anything that you truly like again.
This also has the effect of assisting you
to focus less on eating because with the freedom hour, favorite foods are not
always forbidden fruit.
This "free eating" notion comes from the
eating disorders clinic at Harvard's McLean Hospital. The researchers report
that using an "anti-diet" plan like this with patients led to an 80 percent
decrease in binge eating.
The theory is that if you give yourself
permission to eat whatever you want on occasion, you won't want that
forbidden food as much.
Another advantage of the freedom hour: It
allows you to slip on occasion while still adhering to your overall
program of healthy eating. If you abide by the 95% Rule you will occasionally
be able to eat those things you like, maintain perfect compliance
and control your weight.
Sounds like the perfect solution... doesn't
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